How do I print a map? (and all about Report map blocks)

Landscape won't replace your in-house GIS when it comes to generating polished, professional maps, but it can be used to easily print quick and dirty maps of issues, stewardship sites, or anything else that's stored as geography.  Also, what Landscape can do better than most GIS systems is associate your data and photos with that geography, and then present it in a Report.  Here's a short video tutorial about building reports if you need a quick review.

To print a map, you need to create a Report template containing a map block, and customize the map block to your specifications.  That Report template can then be used for all maps like it in the future. To do this successfully, you need to answer one question:

What does my map show?

If the answer is 'a Stewardship Site', then you'll create a report template with a category of 'Stewardship Sites'. Alternatively, if you want your map to show an issue, create a report template with a category of 'Issue', etc.

This is how to make a Report that can be used to print maps of issues.

Step 1: Create a new Report template

From the Reports tab, click on the plus button to create a new template.


Give the report a name, and since this is a map of issues, we'll choose the category 'Issues'


Step 2: Add a map block, choose the layers you want to display

In the template builder on the left, use the plus button to add a new block, and choose the type 'Map'


Now we have to customize the map by adding the layers that we want displayed.  Click the map block that gets created to open the editor on the right side of the screen.  Expand the layer that you want to make active and click on the eyeball to activate it.  If there are any layers showing that you don't want displayed, click on the eyeball next to them (so that it looks like this: mceclip1.png) to hide them.



Step 3:  Customize the layer appearance and basemap

If you want to change the default appearance of any of the layers, you can click the symbol next to the layer name, click 'automatic' and change it to 'override'.


You can now adjust the symbology to be specific for this particular map.  

Click on the eye symbol next to the basemap you want to appear on the map.


Step 4: Generate the Report (and print the map!)

Navigate to the issue you want to print (not the list of issues -- the specific issue itself) and click the Report button on the left of the screen.  Choose the Report Template you just made.  


All done!  You can zoom in and out and pan around before you print.

mceclip2.pngOf course you probably want to add things like a title, site detail text, etc, or even photos associated with the geography.  Here's what mine looked like after some further template fiddling (but I'll bet you could make an even snazzier one):





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